General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 5/21/2014
Title 1 - Department Administration
Title 2 - Department Employment
Title 3 - Employee Welfare
Title 4 - Human Resources
Title 5 - Employee Conduct
Title 6 - Arrests, Search and Seizure
Title 7 - Evidence and Property
Title 8 - Use of Force
Title 9 - Equipment and Uniforms
Title 10 - Police Facilities & Security
Title 11 - Detainee Management
Title 12 - Department Information Systems
Title 13 - Vehicle Operations
Title 14 - Emergency Operations
Title 15 - Primary Investigation
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
Effective Date: 06/19/2013
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health has determined that SPD employees are in a very low-risk occupational setting for the transmission of tuberculosis and other airborne pathogens. However, since a very low risk is greater than the risk of the general population, this policy reflects the essential guidelines for protection from occupational transmission of airborne pathogens.
Officers may contact the Harborview Medical Center triage desk at (206) 731-3074, ext. 3, or the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at (800) 232-4636, ext. 134, to discuss potential exposure incidents to assist in making the decision to initiate post-exposure follow-up procedures.
Officers may consult the CDC for up-to-date information on airborne pathogens, including tuberculosis and hantavirus.
Officers may question subjects about their symptoms of tuberculosis (coughing up blood, fever, chills, fatigue, weight loss.)
Exception: Any subject experiencing respiratory distress, that is intoxicated, or may vomit, will not be fitted with a facemask.
If the subject will be transported to King County Jail, officers will contact the jail nursing station at (206) 296-1214.
If the subject will be transported to the Harborview Medical Center, officers will contact the triage desk at (206) 731-3074, ext. 3.
If the subject will not be booked into jail nor transported to a hospital, officers may contact the Seattle-King County Health Department Outreach Office at (206) 263-0331.
When transporting a sick prisoner, officers shall:
a. Officers Must Arrange for Department Vehicles that Become Contaminated to be Cleaned as Soon as Possible With an EPA-Approved Decontaminant
Officers shall contact Red Carpet Building Maintenance at (206) 362-3650 to arrange for decontamination.
a. Officers Will Attempt to Limit the Time That a Sick Person is Held at a Department Facility to 20 Minutes
The sergeant will provide the officer with an Airborne Exposure Packet. All applicable forms must be completed and the packet must be sealed and submitted to the Employee Services Lieutenant by the end of the shift, if feasible.